Job Title: Associate Professor
Employer: University of Windsor
Place of Birth: Detroit, Michigan, USA
Public School attended: Aaron Levy, Syracuse, N.Y.
High School attended: Wm. Nottingham, Syracuse, N.Y.
Further Education: Syracuse University, Syracuse, N.Y. (B.Sc.), Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Md. (M.Sc. - Biophysics), University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa (M.Sc. - Zoology; Ph.D.)).
Geographic focus of research: Great Lakes Basin and Nunavut
Brief synopsis of current research:
I study uptake, loss, and want to begin research on biological transformation of organic contaminants in aquatic plants of the Great Lakes region. I also study demographic consequences of species interactions, particularly competition, among terrestrial plants from tall grass prairies. Lastly, I study geographical patterns in organic contaminant distributions in the Canadian arctic, focusing on one widespread species, the ringed seal, Phoca hispida.
Department of Biological Sciences, University of Windsor, Windsor, ON, N9B 3P4
Phone: (519)253-3000 ext.2724; Fax: (519)971-3609
Weis, I.M. and D.C.G. Muir. 1997. Geographical variation of persistent organochlorine concentrations in blubber of ringed seal (Phoca hispida) from the Canadian arctic: univariate and multivariate approaches. Envir.Pollution 96:321-333.
Weis, I.M. and L.A. Hermanutz. 1993. Pollination dynamics of arctic dwarf birch (Betula glandulosa; Betulaceae) and its role in the loss of seed production. Amer.J.Bot. 80:1021-1027.
Cameron, M. and I.M. Weis. 1993. Organochlorine contaminants in the country food diet of the Belcher Island inuit, Northwest Territories, Canada. Arctic 46:42-48.
I'm not at all sure that I should be considered an aquatic scientist. I think of myself as an ecologist, or if more focus is needed, as a population ecologist. My background is almost all in terrestrial ecology, but I have always looked at research from a point of view that tries to ask interesting questions, and only then finds a place and a way to ask them experimentally.